EEF Research School
The launch of the Oldham Research School by The Greetland Academy,
has been covered in the Oldham Times.
The Academy's Jo Pearson leads the Research school with the support of our Teamworks Teaching School Alliance partner schools. Jo works with Research Champions: Adam Harris, the Greetland Academy; Helen Crowther, Beech Hill Primary School; and Cath Profiitt, The Halifax Academy.
EEF Research School for Oldham
Teamworks Teaching School Alliance at The Greetland Academy is one of eleven schools to have won funding to boost the quality of teaching in their region through better use of research.
Teamworks is a collaborative of diverse strategic partners working cross phase to deliver excellence in learning, teaching and leadership.
What is a Research School?
- Research Schools provide support to schools to access educational research, to understand it, apply it, and evaluate its impact in different classroom contexts
- Research Schools deliver high quality training and support to schools to improve their teaching practice using evidence-based practice
- Working with the Education Endowment Fund (EEF), the Institute for Effective Education (IEE), university researchers and schools in their region, Research Schools help to identify pedagogical innovations to test in small numbers of schools. These should then help to provide a rich source of promising approaches that can be tested in larger scale trials.
The Research Team - led by Dr Jo Pearson, will draw on a team of Research Champions with track records for excellence in the use of research and development, to deliver sustainable school improvement strategies, build capacity and improve outcomes for learners.
How will it work for Oldham?
The Research School will provide a rich source of expertise for Oldham. It will:
- Provide accessible summaries of educational research, blogs about education evidence to all schools in Oldham
- Provide evidence-based training and support in Oldham that is open to all schools and reflects Oldham’s priorities
- Work closely with a small group of partner schools in Oldham to develop their capacity and understanding of evidence so that they can support other schools in Oldham.
Our team are:
Dr Jo Pearson: Research Lead, Director of TSA
Helen Crowther (SLE): Beech Hill School (Primary), Head of Upper School
Cath Proffitt (SLE): The Halifax Academy (All-through), lead practitioner Research and Development
Adam Harris (SLE):The Greetland Academy (Primary), Deputy Headteacher
Click through to research readings for some of the more practitioner facing readings we use regularly in our work but contact us if you would like workshops/briefings to your school MAT on particular areas. We locate and synthesis research on a bespoke basis for interested groups.
We have led a large scale EEF project linking schools with the research base on TA deployment and resources for this can be found below.
Participating in research led by others:
The EEF is always looking for schools interested in participating in their randomised control trials and you can find links here to projects looking for participants. Look for the recruiting button and click through to apply.
Leading your own research:
We have programmes to support and build capacity to build staff literacy in research: both reading it to find out which avenues may be promising in terms of impact and in methodology and evaluation of individual projects. Two of the larger primary research programmes we have run over the past two years can be found below.
We can support small studies within a school or class using a variety of methods that will allow you to track pupil premium spending, the effectiveness of assessment systems and interventions.
Early years project
This project is a joint project with the Calderdale Early Years team and the aim is to work between schools and PVIs to improve fine motor skills in nursery age children.
Dough Gym programme
EEF Effective deployment of teaching assistants
The EEF toolkit for TAs including the free online training programme can be found here